Recast | Announcing Keynote Janaya Khan at Equity Symposium: Wade in the Water

From: “Longaker, Jacob” <Jacob.Longaker@evergreen.edu>
Date: Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 3:44 PM

Dear Evergreen Community,

I am pleased to announce that Black, queer, & non-binary activist, futurist, storyteller, boxer, and social-justice educator Janaya Khan will deliver our closing keynote address “Demanding Social Transformation, Justice, and Equality for All” on Thursday, April 15 from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm (Zoom). A short biography of Janaya can be found below.

Register now to participate in the week’s events! Stay tuned for more updates on the Equity Symposium webpage!

About Janaya Khan (they/them)

International Ambassador for the #BlackLivesMatter Network with a timely message about the transformational power of protest, Janaya Khan (they/them) is a leading activist who engages you in a profound discussion about social justice and equality. 

Janaya “Future” Khan is a Black, queer, non-binary activist, futurist, storyteller, boxer and social-justice educator. They are the International Ambassador for Black Lives Matter, co-founder of Black Lives Matter Canada and the former Program Director at Color of Change. Khan has become a leading voice in the global crusade demanding social transformation, justice and equality, with a mission to produce work that is a clarifying force.  

Khan’s work encourages thought leadership, narrative intervention and bridge building. Through this passion, they hope to encourage people to use their words as tools and a lens through which they can orient themselves. Khan’s “Sunday Sermon” on Instagram Live is a weekly discourse in which they discuss various topics, from Black Lives Matter to finding one’s voice and more.  

An accomplished lecturer and author, Khan has spoken to a vast array of College audiences, including Cornell, Duke, Smith and University of Toronto. Khan’s dedication and bold approach to storytelling has created opportunities to contribute to academic and frontline community dialogue, engaging audiences on the global impacts of the Black Lives Matter movement. Khan’s writing has been featured across a variety of outlets including Vogue, CNN, The Cut, The Root, Huffington Post, and Al Jazeera.  

Originally from Toronto, Canada, Khan received their Bachelor of Arts, with honors, in English Language and Literature from York University. Khan currently resides in Los Angeles. 

Jacob R. Longaker (he/him/his)

Associate Director

First Peoples Multicultural, Trans, and Queer Support Services

The Evergreen State College

Read my latest work at Politics, Groups, and Identities:

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